I started collecting and photographing a bouquet a day on April 18, 2021, when Ontario went into it's third lockdown during Covid-19. I was feeling anxious and wanted a daily task to take my mind from the daily uncertainty. This is a collection of the photos I took during the lockdown. The last two photos were taken as we entered Stage 1 of Reopening of Ontario on June 11 and 12. The bouquets and the photos track what caught my eye and matched my mood each day. The project also documented the changing landscape over time as the earth warmed after a long cold winter. Greenery and flowers pushed through the previous years growth. I collected the wild flowers on my morning walks from the surrounding fields, roadways and from my own neglected gardens. Other than the nest found on April 24th, I used my glass and stone vases that I make in my artistic practice to display my bouquets. The vases are made with stone or concrete laminated with reclaimed glass. The vases and the flowers represent the strength and resilience nature holds.
The Rose that Grew from Concrete :
Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping it's dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.
By Tupac Shakur